Dr. Tali Bar-Shalom

Current Positions

Global Health Scholar, SPI
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Program Examiner, Public Health Branch, White House Office of Management and Budget

Areas of Concentration

Homeland Security, Science, and Biomedical Health Policy


  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Brandeis University, 2000
  • B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, 1993

Publications & Commentary

Dr. Bar-Shalom is currently professional staff on the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Sherwood Boehlert of New York. Her primary responsibilities include oversight of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. As a staff member she has worked on writing legislation, staffing hearings, and coordinating priorities with the House Appropriations Committee.

Previously, Dr. Bar-Shalom was a policy analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. She served in the Homeland and National Security Division and worked on programs including weapons of mass destruction medical countermeasures, decontamination, and pathogen security, as well as the identification and coordination of programs to address research and development gaps relevant to homeland and national security. Prior to OSTP, she also worked at the Joint Institute for Food Safety Research and at the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine.

  • A. Bar-Shalom and M. J. Moore (2000) “Tri-partite assay for studying exon ligation by the ai5g group II intron”, Biochemistry 39, 10207-10218.
  • H. L. Murray, S. Mikheeva, V. W. Coljee, B. M. Turczyk, W. F. Donahue, A. Bar-Shalom, and K. A. Jarrell (2001) “Excision of group II introns as circles”, Molecular Cell 8, 201-211.
  • A. Bar-Shalom and R. M. Cook-Deegan (2002) “Patents and Innovation in Cancer Therapeutics: Lessons from CellPro”, The Milbank Quarterly 80, 637-676.


  • Risk Policy Fellowship, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, The National Academies
  • National Institutes of Health Biochemistry and Biophysics Training Grant, Brandeis University
  • Afermow Graduate Research Fellowship, Brandeis University